KEVIN JOAQUIN GARCIA

Kevin Garcia is an acclaimed drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger, producer, and educator living in Brooklyn, NY.


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ARTISTS

Kevin has had the pleasure of working with such artists as Hazmat Modine, The Duhks, Duncan Sheik, Wheatus, Natalie MacMaster, Gato Loco, Bright Light Bright Light, Pape Armand Boye, Djustpora, Le Poules à Colin, Gabriel Kahane, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Jose Llana, MC Frontalot, Kerrigan-Lowdermilk, Sky White Tiger, My Midnight Heart, MC Lars, The As-Is Ensemble, Clinton, Curtis, Karla Rose and The Thorns, Marcus Paul James, Derek Fawcett, The Swedes, The Enophiles, The New York Fowl, Bartosz Hadala, Del Marquis' Slow Nights, Brontosaurus On Pluto, E2K, and The New York Voices. 

Special guest appearances: 

Bombino, Elephant Revival, Hangai, De Temps Antan, Donna The Buffalo, Coig, Le Hay Babies, Tony McMannis, The Bombadils, and Diali Cissokho and Kaira Ba.

MUSICALS

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson on Broadway by Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman (Cast Member, Drummer, Arranger, In-House Contractor, Cast Recording) 

Fun Home on Broadway (Designated Drummer, Percussionist) 

Murder Ballad (Drummer, Arranger, In-House Contractor, Cast Recording)

Shakespeare In The Park: Love's Labour's Lost (Drummer, Percussionist, Arranger, Cast Recording)

Whisper House by Duncan Sheik (Drummer, Percussionist, Arranger, Cast Recording)

NOIR by Duncan Sheik (Vibraphone, Drummer, Percussionist)

Hedwig And The Angry Inch BCEFA (Drummer)

 

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DANCe

Kevin has worked closely with professional dance companies for over 20 years as a musician, accompanist, and composer. He has worked with Merce Cunningham and MCDF, Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, Paul Taylor, Mark Morris, Matthew Bourne's New Adventures, Doug Varone, Sean Curran, David Dorfman, Trisha Brown, Donald McKayle, Saeko Ichinohe, Milton Meyers, Kevin Wynn, Mary Cochran, Jeff and Yukie Moen, and Anita Cheng.

Kevin accompanies professional classes at Steps On Broadway, Peridance, Limon, The Joffrey Ballet, Harkness Dance, and at Columbia University-Barnard College (2003 composer in residence), Julliard, NYU, Hunter College, and Marymount University.

Kevin was the Music Director for Gil Stroming's Jump Convention and Break The Floor.


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ACCOLADES

"Percussionist Kevin Garcia is a wonder. His varied instruments allow him to create different tones and textures. His drum solo late in the show was as engaging as it was impressive while also in keeping with the expressive playing he offered all evening."  -The Gazette

PASIC Best International Percussion Performance Winner. 

International touring with Wheatus, The Duhks, Duncan Sheik, Gato Loco, MC Frontalot, Bartosz Hadala, and MC Lars.

Performing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

United States Ambassador Musician to France and Poland.  

Made Honorary Cajun by The City of Lafayette, Louisiana at Festival International De Louisiane.

 

TRAINING

Bachelor of Arts in Percussion Performance and Philosophy from Western Michigan University. Mentors and teachers: jazz legend Billy Hart, orchestral percussion guru Judy Moonert, Tim Froncek, Sri Guruvayur Dorai, and recording engineering with John Campos.

Halewynstitchting Conservatory in Belgium for Jazz, Ghanaian, Togolese, and Cameroonian Percussion Performance with Billy Hart, Boris Amontete Tchango, Zoumana Dembele, and Dre Pallemaerts.

The Lake Placid Institute for Composition and Improvisation, with Billy Hart, Kenny Werner, Bob Brookmeyer, Rufus Reid, and Jane Ira Bloom. 

Tabla study with Ustad Mulazim Hussain.

Drum Corps percussion with Jon Weber, Chris Thompson, Tim Fairbanks, and Joe Kuerzi.

 

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NEWS

Kevin is working on the Broadway Musical Fun Home this Spring.

Music For Enophiles will be back at Bowery Electric on May 4th. 

Kevin will be playing with James Barry on May 11th at the Way Station in Brooklyn.

Jose Llana's record release at Joe's Pub is on May 16.

Kevin will be playing with The Quinns at Rockwood on May 23rd.

Gato Loco is playing Barbes on June 2nd.

Hazmat Modine is playing Terra Blues on May 21st, Le Poisson Rouge on June 4th, Terra Blues on June 11th, and touring Europe for 5 weeks June 14th to July 16th hitting Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, and Slovenia.